Ukraine Interested in South Caucasus Peace

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–"Though we are not satisfied with the pace of development of Armenian-Ukranian relations–it is important that there is a positive shift in the political–economic and cultural sectors"–said Ukraine’s ambassador to Armenia Alexander Bozhko at a press conference Thursday–dedicated to the 9th anniversary of independence of Ukraine to be marked August 24.

According to the Ukraine’s official statistics–in 1999 the trade turnover of goods and services between the two countries was $16.3 million–a 8.7% increase if compared with the previous year. During January-May 2000 the goods turnover made $4.4 million and increased by 11.9% in comparison with the same period of the previous year.

Ukraine has chosen the Western European model of development–but it does not underrate the East–Russia or the CIS countries. He noted that "Ukraine prefers economic co-operation–since the CIS countries are more engaged in talks than in action."

It’s worth mentioning that Bozhko diplomatically avoided the fact that Ukraine had signed a military-political treaty with some CIS countries–particularly–the grouping GUUAM–comprising of Georgia–Ukraine–Uzbekistan–Azerbaijan and Moldova.

Bozhko also referred to the non-official meeting of the CIS countries’ presidents–which will be held tomorrow in Yalta–underlining the fact that Kocharian-Aliyev meeting is held for the second time in Ukraine–which proves Ukraine’s interest in the endorsement of peace in the South Caucasus.

While speaking about the problems of gas supply to Ukraine–the ambassador said that his country is for the building an Iran-Armenia gas pipe-pipeline–which may become an alternative to the gas received from Russia and Turkmen’stan.

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